Alphapsy Archives

Are humans innately bad social scientists?

I know, this sounds a bit extreme. How can the ability to do (bad) social science be influenced by our genes? Well, quite easily if you carefully read Robert Trivers’ last book (see reviews in ...

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Long live the majority!

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. "How should groups make decisions?" this old question is on the way of being answered, as researchers Reid Hastie and Tatsuya ...

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Reassembling Latour

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog A review of "Reassembling the Social", by Bruno Latour, a handbook that sums up 25 years of controversial research. Still ...

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Who thinks the Earth is flat?

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Less people than you think. Most people have the representation of Columbus valiantly fighting against the authorities and finally ...

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The naive theories of ‘Honey I shrunk the kids!’

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Biomorphologist Michael C. LaBarbera has an amazing paper (actually a seven parts lesson) on the physics and biology of B-movie ...

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The Blushing Brain

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Moral philosophers have long made the distinguo between guilt (the awareness of doing something intrinsically wrong) and shame (the ...

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What is neuroaesthetics about anyway?

This post was originally written in 2006 by Simon Barthelmé and published on the Alphapsy blog. Martin Skov's Brainethics has a very nice post introducing bioaesthetics, a field that ...

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Art and patterns

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. This is an extremely speculative post exploring multimodal perception in artists. It was primed by this fascinating paper written by ...

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From Sudoku to Spinoza: The Hedonistic Side of Reasoning

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. We all have a friend who has spent some time trying to convince us that {insert here your personal bête noire, be it mathem...

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On conformism among social psychologists

This post was first published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. In a previous post on deliberative democracy, I said that people often attack deliberative democracy on the ground that people are ...

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How to Corax your theory of mind

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. Don't know why I decided to take a course in Greek Rhetoric this semester... But readers will be glad to learn that I really ...

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Washing away our sins

This post was originally published in 2006 on the Alphapsy blog. A nice paper by Chen-Bo Zhong and Katie Liljenquist in Science about the "Macbeth effect" : a threat to one’s moral ...

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